462 EOT is from the last batch of Alexander bodied Loline's from Dennis Bros of Guildford. Built in 1962, all the other Alexander bodied buses supplied to Aldershot & District, as far as we know, have disappeared. So, being the only one left, it was ripe for preservation. In addition 462 is only one of four preserved buses to have an illuminated advertising sign.
462 was saved from the breakers yard because it was converted for use as a Driver Training bus. Removing the staircase and painting it all over yellow it continued as such until even that form of training was no longer required. Bought by a Mr John Till they remained with him for a number of years until purchased by the Society in 1998.
Much progress has been made with the restoration of 462, yet little can be seen. Both axles have been stripped and refurbished, the front springs taken off and sent to London for repair and tempering and all the seats remade - 68 of them! The illuminated sign is ready to go on complete with a Whites of Camberley advert. The inside top deck ceiling has been repainted and the roof has a nice bright green paint making it look like the old days! All the windows have been removed and they are stripped down, cleaned and new felt put on, before being reassembled ready to go back on.
Some photos of the restoration
Photos added 26th July 2011